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Know a Nominee: Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Do you support or oppose Readler's nomination?

by Countable | Updated on 3.6.19

(Updated 3/6/19): The Senate confirmed Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a 52-47 vote that was mostly along party-lines except for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who joined all Democrats in opposing the nomination.


The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals soon. Here’s what you need to know about the nominee.

Who is he?

  • Chad Readler, 46, is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Dept. of Justice’s Civil Division, having served in that position in an acting capacity from January 2017 to September 2018. The Civil Division is DOJ’s largest litigation division and the role involves briefing and arguing cases on behalf of the U.S. government in federal courts.
  • Readler graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School and served as a law clerk for Judge Alan Eugene Norris on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • He then worked in the Columbus, Ohio office of the law firm Jones Day for 19 years as a partner in its Issues and Appeals practice group, where he argued and won cases in front of federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

What’s the outlook for his confirmation?

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Readler’s nomination on a party-line 12-10 vote on February 7, 2019 with Republicans voting in favor.
  • One of Murphy’s home state senators, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), has refused to signal his support for the nomination by returning a “blue slip”, but the Senate no longer allows the lack of a returned blue slip to block a judicial nomination.
  • Democrats took issue with several of Trump administration positions Readler has argued for in his role at DOJ, including his defense of the travel ban that was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court in its third iteration. He also successfully argued in favor of the president’s authority to replace the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, and unsucessfully defended an effort to deny federal funding to sanctuary jursidictions.
  • Readler received a rating of “well qualified” from a substantial majority of the American Bar Association’s review board and a “qualified” rating from a minority of the panel.

What does it mean for the Sixth Circuit?

  • Readler’s confirmation would fill a position on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that will become vacant when Judge Deborah Cook assumes senior status once her successor is confirmed. His duty station would be in Akron, Ohio.
  • The Sixth Circuit has 16 judges ― of whom one was appointed by George H.W. Bush, three by Bill Clinton, six by George W. Bush (including Cook), two by Barack Obama, and four by Donald Trump.

— Eric Revell

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  • Lisa
    Voted Oppose
    03/04/2019
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    If Senator Brown won’t blue slip him or support his nomination then I do not support his nomination. Mitch McConnell needs to be stopped before law and order and the constitution is ripped up and laying on the ground and our world lays in chaos.

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  • Mark
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    Thank you Senators for your support of Readler to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  • Jackie
    03/06/2019
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    I oppose this nomination.

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  • Marizzapan
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    I oppose absolutely any nomination put forth by corrupt, criminal trump/GOP. Period. The end. Amen.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    Chad Readler confirmation to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals I’m all support of the confirmation of the Senate is considering the nomination of Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. President Trump’s Judicial nomination deserve expeditious confirmations rather than the constant hinderance activities as seen in past his past Judicial confirmation hearings. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻👨‍⚖️👨‍⚖️👨‍⚖️👍🏻. 3*5*19.........

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  • Tony
    03/06/2019
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    Wow, this one is a danger, and put in a high position. He could be one of trmp's seethy loyalist!

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    I’m in favor and support the confirmation of Chad Readler for the 6th circuit court of appeals. We need all the conservative judges we can get who will follow our constitution as written. #MAGA

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  • Susan
    Voted Support
    03/04/2019
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    Of course I support this nomination. Stop OBSTRUCTING NOMINATIONS & LET EVERYONE GET TO WORK ALREADY. AND 2) SECURE the BORDER!!! No Brainer. TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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  • Mike
    Voted Oppose
    03/04/2019
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    Without Senator Brown’s backing and strong mandatory recusal requirements, this man will only hold us back longer

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  • Terry
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    We need people who follow the law, not the political party.

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  • John
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    No more 45 Stooges!

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  • John
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    I can’t believe there are people dumb enough to disqualify this guy because a hime state dem doesn’t support him. Of course the dem wouldn’t support anyone unless they were a liberal thinker.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Support
    03/06/2019
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    I support this candidate, Chad Readler, for confirmation as a judge in the 6th circuit District Court of appeals. Please confirm this nominee!

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  • Ray
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    He is not qualified to hold this position and is not even supported by his own state’s senator. He will follow the republican party blindly and the moron tv president or the corrupt congress which leads to corrupt justice department and judicial branch of the government. Who will stand for the people, the constitution or the rule of law? Do your own research to see what a moron they have nominated to the court.

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    No to Readler!!!!!!!!

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  • Adam
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    Obviously, the GOP could care less about the Will of the People. They are just more of Putin’s Puppets. It’s a disease begging for a cure.

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  • Kenneth
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    Trump and the Religious Right Taliban sre trying to stack the courts wuth whack jobs.

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  • Benjamin
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    No to Chad Readler.

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  • Thelma
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    I’m with Senator Brown. Oppose this nominee

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  • Jon
    Voted Oppose
    03/06/2019
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    Where o’ where was this vigor to confirm judges during the final 6 yrs of the Obama administration?

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  • Bhuvanesh
    Voted Oppose
    03/04/2019
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    I oppose the nomination of Chad Readler due to his partisan politics such as his defense of Trump's illegal travel ban. Readler is not qualified to be a nonpartisan judge.

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